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DOE takes action against waste criminality

Stormont Executive press release - Department of the Environment

The Department of the Environment has today announced two searches for illegally buried waste in County Derry.

The searches, which form part of “Operation Toothfish”, were carried out by the Northern Ireland Environment Agency’s (NIEA) Environmental Crime Unit with assistance from the PSNI.

The searches involved intrusive inspections where waste was suspected of being buried illegally as well as further searches of buildings. A quantity of waste has been found on both sites.

An NIEA official said: “The Waste Crime Task Force within the DOE has moved decisively today to tackle unlawful waste activity. Today’s successful find is part of a wider Northern Ireland ongoing operation. Waste crime is a scourge and must be robustly tackled. We continue to do this.”

As further investigations will be necessary it will not be possible to provide more detailed information at this stage, however anyone with information on environmental criminality can contact the Environmental Crime Unit on (028) 9056 9453 or by e-mail on Information can also be given to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Crimestoppers is an independent charity and all information given to them will remain anonymous.

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